Peru's opposition leader Fujimori denies money laundering charges

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-22 10:57:13|Editor: Xiaoxia
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LIMA, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Keiko Fujimori, head of Peru's opposition Popular Force party, has denied charges of money laundering, Fujimori's attorney, Giuliana Loza, said here on Thursday.

Loza said Fujimori on Wednesday denied the charges before Peru's money laundering prosecution unit, which alleges she laundered 15 million U.S. dollars through her party's former Secretary General Joaquin Ramirez, a businessman with properties in the United States.

According to her attorney, Fujimori answered 190 questions that showed she played no role in the crime and has no financial ties to Ramirez or his companies.

In 2017, Peruvian judicial authorities began investigating Fujimori after ex-pilot Jesus Vasquez testified that Ramirez had told him that he received 15 million dollars from Fujimori.

Considered a flight risk, Keiko Fujimori was ordered to be detained for a period of 36 months while the investigations continue. She is being held at a prison for women in southern Lima.

Keiko Fujimori is daughter of Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori, who was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for human rights violations during his term.